Hmm a bit over dramatic? Well it is a daily diary so to speak even if I do make a complete idiot of myself to the entire world… it’s the truth. This weekend I commenced my photo project and found it to be a bit harder than anticipated. I don’t know I thought it would be a little more exciting and fun and I am now thinking of aborting photo project “Gondolier” altogether. Well I won’t completely discard my project … for now it is on hold. I swear it felt like I was on a boat fishing … waiting for a bite…you know that opportune moment. Maybe I will just stick with the “Gondola” photo project (minus the Gondolier) lol! Or…maybe I will have better luck with the Gladiators in Rome… With that being said, I think this will be my last visit to Venice for a while. Seriously it pained me to leave again … It seems that every time I have to leave Venice, I want more… but Rome is my home base and root for the moment. Two completely different cities and actually what better way to be welcomed home than by having a man help me off the train with my suitcase, only having to wait 5 minutes for my bus (just as the rain started) and then having someone lift my suitcase onto the bus for me…
I have met some really nice people in Venice and have learned a bit about the ins and outs of the city. I was even given a special drinks discount, which honoured me … it was a super nice gesture (thank you M for being so kind). Like I said “Acts of Kindness are Gifts”. But, now the hotel prices are into high season. The hotel I had paid 90-130 euro for now costs $300 euro. I know Italian people that travel for get-away weekends and they stay in super expensive hotels… they must have the “special discount” or perhaps, their family is rich.
When I left today I took the Vaparetto from Giglio dock…. I swear the scenery along the canal was stunning… I noticed things that I had not noticed before… and these are picturesque things that cannot be seen by merely walking. I sometimes feel that Venice is like stepping into a fantasy world. The wrought iron gates are exotic and exquisite… the glass lanterns some multicoloured and jewel like… everything has that exotic curve in its design including the Gondola. The Gondola which I now call My Black Swan may be something that is considered a tourist trap rip off to some people but seriously they are romantic… If you ever visit Venice, I highly recommend it because it adds to the whole experience… if you find it too expensive you can split the cost with other people. I have been observing the Gondolas since my very first trip and I never get tired of watching them.
Yesterday started with Yoga. Then I decided that Saturday’s are for outdoor café’s… and Spritz… So I walked over to my old neighbourhood, Cannaregio and stopped at the café in Campo S. Sofia. The family of birds joined my table as you can see from the photo slide… later it was over to the Splendid lounge and I had full on Italian conversation with several people… it all helped!
Today I was up early; clocks have been moved ahead 1 hour. I sipped coffee and enjoyed the sounds of the morning before I started packing up to go back to Rome. I could feel this sadness as I packed…actually the sadness had started the night before… really strange… and although Elisa said I could stay in the apartment all day I decided to go. I also discovered that I could not change my “mini” return fare … I must have read the small print incorrectly because I understood that I could as long as I did it at the train station. With my unpredictable life I think I might have to re-think the “mini fare” option for future train trips. Oh and by the way… I did not re-claim my Venice… but clearly it has claimed me… maybe it is a good thing that I am back to my Roman roots… Lets see where this coming week takes me… from my home in Bella Roma, ciao for now!